Baltic Brew at Heads of Noosa

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You know a brand is doing something right. – it starts with a murmur and builds to a crescendo. Brothers Lance and Craig Masterton at Heads of Noosa have delivered another limited run, an ideal companion to the cooler months, the Baltic Porter. John Caruso was there as the first bottles came off the production line. 

The Heads of Noosa brewery was at capacity on 11 May with invited guests, including many well-known faces from hospitality venues across the coast, anxiously waiting for the first cap to be popped on the new Baltic Porter. 

Tall silver vats dominated the interior of the cavernous brewery, bright industrial lights shone and the sound of beer bottles gently tapping against each other as they danced down the convey belts filled the space. 

It was time… Lance aka ‘The Brewmaster’ ceremoniously climbed a small A-frame ladder and addressed the crowd.   

“What you’re about to taste originated in England where The Porter was first introduced,” he said. 

“It was an ale that the English used to trade into the Baltic region. The story goes that Napoleon put a stop to this trade which meant that Baltic beer drinkers ran out of The Porter, so they started to experiment with ingredients that they had access to – which was lager yeast – and, in an attempt to recreate the original beer, they ended up brewing this Baltic Porter.

“We’ve crafted and tinkered with these recipes over the years to a point where we’re finally happy to release them to the world,” said Lance. 

“Nothing leaves this building unless it’s of the highest standard, and our limited release range is no different.”

Big, bold and fermented cold like a true lager, the Baltic Porter is a delicious marriage of chocolate, caramel and raisin notes. 

At 7.8% it packs a punch, and is a perfect winter warmer.

With a limit of just 3600L of the wintery brew being released and with it only available in 40 venues across Queensland, it’ll move quickly. 

Online VIP pre-sale packs sold out in less than a week and both private launch parties at the brewery and at Blackwood bar in Brisbane, sold out.

“This is the first of many to come in our limited release range, which are all beers we simply love drinking!” Lance said.

Winter is coming, support independent brewing and make sure you’ve stocked up with The Balter.

About the Author /

After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Conversations IN Noosa podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker, accounts manager, event MC, and delivery boy; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio from home (often in his pyjamas); and presenting Saturday mornings on Hot 91.1. He has previously worked for FoxFM Melbourne, Triple M Brisbane and SeaFM, as well as managing and presenting on ABC Sunshine Coast.

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